Living in corporate housing definitely lacks character. Everything is brown and bland so I decided I needed to spice things up a bit and turn the corporate coasters into cultural art.
Adinkra symbols come from West Africa and as far as we know, date back to the early 1800s to the Akan of Ghana. The symbols convey traditional wisdom and life and are frequently used to decorate fabrics, pottery, and architecture. They are beautiful yet easy to replicate.
1. Chose your symbol
I chose the commitment & perseverance symbol. Which is also called “I shall marry you.”
2. Gather your materials: a paper bag, a sheet of foam, scissors, packing tape, stamping ink, a small piece of cardboard, and your cardboard coasters.
Here is all you need!
3. Draw out your pattern on the foam sheet.
I used a variety of household items to draw my shape.
4. Cut out your shape and stick it to a piece of card board about the same size.
I had the self-adhesive foam which made it super easy.
5. Dip your homemade stamp in ink and place it on the piece of the cut-up paper bag.
I cut the paper bag to be about the size of the coaster.
6. Trace the coaster to the paper bag and cover enter front with packing tape to make a waterproof surface. And shazam! I’ve got coasters that I don’t loath.
These are so much better!
Although I am actually in Mexico right now, it is super easy to explore Mexico from home too. For all you crafters, I’ve found some fun projects to recreate Mexican crafts. Check out these bloggers’ how-tos:
Have fun crafting Mexican style!